So begins the month long march to the Electronic Entertainment Expo which kicks off on June 9th with Microsoft’s press Conference. Right now, Halo fans are in a sort of Limbo, no news has surfaced since this concept art was released early January.
At E3 2013, Halo developer 343 Industries released a trailer for Halo for Xbox One. This featured series hero Master Chief John-117 wandering through a desert. A desert that some believe is on the Ark. You can read an in-depth theory on the matter here.
During Microsoft’s E3 2013 keynote, it was revealed by studio head Bonnie Ross that this new Halo would run at 60 frames per second, use dedicated servers, and make use of Microsoft’s cloud servers. The latter will reportedly assist in graphics processing, A.I functions or both; beyond these things, nothing solid is known.
As 2014 dawned, rumors of Halo 2 Anniversary edition gained traction. The rumors state that it would arrive in time for its 10 year anniversary on November 9th, 2014. With these rumors came claims that it would be the Halo 2 that fans so fondly remembered back in 2004. It would include campaign and multiplayer all rebuilt to work on the Xbox One platform. It is possible that these rumors emerged simply given that we are approaching the 10 year anniversary of Halo 2, but time will tell.
It is possible that both games exist. It was rumored that Halo 2 Anniversary would release this Fall followed by Halo 5, or whatever it will be called, in the Fall 2015. It was stated by 343 Industries that they have multiple projects under development. These other projects could also refer to the Ridley Scott and Stephen Spielberg’s separate live action Halo’s. Spielberg’s company is working on a Halo TV series for Showtime and the Xbox One platform. Scott’s project remains shrouded in mystery. Fans may hear about one or both of these at E3 this year as Microsoft begins to push their TV brand.
Microsoft has stated that there will be something Halo related at each day of E3. This will begin with Microsoft’s press conference on June 9th 9:30PST, 12:30EST.